As a state agency, the University of Kentucky must comply with state laws regarding record-keeping. The major laws are the Public Records Act and the Open Records Act. UK employees must keep these two state regulations in mind as they carry out their daily business. The Records Program highlights these two statutes since they are the basis of our records management program. While the Records Program seeks to help the University function efficiently and to support the University Archives, its primary mission is to ensure institutional compliance with external requirements.
Individuals needing more information concerning these statutes or wanting to file an open record request should contact the legal office. On behalf of the official University records custodian, the legal office is responsible for determining whether the request is proper and whether any legal exemptions are applicable. The legal office is also responsible for gathering the requested documents and then either arranging a time for inspection of the documents or for making copies available to the requestor. The official University records custodian is William Swinford, Chief of Staff to the President.
Please send record requests, or questions about open records, to:
301 Main Building Lexington, Kentucky 40506-0032 Phone: (859) 257-6366
For more information on University of Kentucky open records, please view this memorandum.
For the Access Policy of the University Archives and Records Program see: Access Policy
Kentucky's Public Records Law (KRS 171.410-740) states that the "head of each state and local agency shall establish and maintain an active, continuing program for the economical and efficient management of the records of the agency" (KRS 171.680 ). The statute defines public records as "all books, papers, maps, photographs, cards, tapes, disks, diskettes, recordings and other documentary materials, regardless of physical form or characteristics, which are prepared, owned, used, in the possession of or retained by a public agency." (KRS 171.410 )
Kentucky's Open Records Act (KRS 61.870-884) establishes a right of access to public records. All public records, whether they are stored in a computer or on paper, must be open for inspection. Certain public records are exempted from inspection, except on court order.
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(March 31, 2016) The UK Libraries Special Collections Research Center has initiated a new online requests system allowing all our faculty, students, patrons, and visiting researchers to submit requests for materials, schedule a visit, or place digital reproduction and oral history orders through a custom web-based interface.
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The mission of the Special Collections Research Center is to locate and preserve materials documenting the social, cultural, economic, and political history of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Materials are acquired regardless of format and include both primary and secondary sources; Kentuckiana is collected comprehensively. Special Collections maintains the records management program for all records generated by the University and serves as its archival repository for permanent records. As part of the mission, the Special Collections Research Center advances and supports the research, teaching, and scholarship of the University and beyond by preserving and providing access to its holdings.